Thursday, 28 February 2013

Intimately YOURS by Beckham Fragrances

A stunningly sweet EDT by Beckham Fragrances and COTY. 

Top notes of delicate freesia and luminous bergamot leading to a tender heart of orange blossom, delicious frangipani flower and bold white lily. Deepens to a sensuous sophisticated orris, warm sandalwood and elegant vetiver.

The scent is not overpowering yet, at the same time, it will turn heads! I picture this scent to be worn by sophisticated and breathtakingly beautiful woman

When wearing this EDT I feel extra sexy and sultry, giving me the confidence to accomplish anything!

Such a perfect blend from Beckham fragrances and COTY. I suggest sampling this at your nearest Clicks or Dis-Chem store. You wont regret it!

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Miss Claira-Bella


Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bobbi Brown Valentine Red Lipstick Review

Ladies, this is my first ever Bobbi Brown lipstick and I must say I am impressed! It is the perfect red lipstick! 

I am the type of girl that would rather opt for a shimmery lip balm or a light pink gloss because I hate applying lipstick and I don't like how it makes my lips feel, messy, dry and attractive.

This lipstick by Bobbi Brown has a lovely smooth and creamy texture and give a beautiful matte finish to the lips. Because of the matte finish, smudging throughout the day is very minimal. *Score*

I am so taken by the beautiful colour and how long it stays on your lips. I wore the lipstick for about 6 hours and the colour was still vibrant by the time I got home in the evening. This is a big plus for me because I don't always have to to re-apply during the day.

The bold red colour was also really simple to apply. I just glided the stick across my lips, touched up where I may have "Coloured outside of the lines" and I was ready to go!

I will definitely be investing in more of Bobbi Brown lipsticks in the future. They are quite a bit pricier than normal "Drug store" lipsticks but its so worth it!!!

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Do you own any Bobbi Brown products?

Miss Claira-Bella


*P.S. The colour is actually called "Heart (15)"

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

IVOHealth and Dental Care

I recently did an article for Beauty Bulletin on "How to achieve a sexy smile" where I gave advice and tips on how to care for your lips and teeth. Here is a quick follow up posts on a fantastic dental company in Capetown called IVOHealth, who offers the best in dental care products to help keep your dental hygiene pristine.

Here are some mind boggling products that have kept up with the technological changes as the years have gone by.

The biggest dental gadget that any techno savvy individual would just kill to own is Philips' Sonicare HealthyWhite. It is a rechargable powerbrush that cleans so effectively that it can help naturally whiten teeth by up to two shades in just two weeks. It is described as the 'Ferrari' of electronic toothbrushes as it operates at sonic speed (30,000 brush strokes per minute compared to 7,500 brush strokes found in normal electronic toothbrushes) resulting in cleaner brighter teeth and healthier gums.
(RSP at around R1,150)

IVO Health also supplies a range of dental wash products called GUM. The range consists of Original White Mouthrinse (RSP - R65.95), Original White Floss (RSP - R33.95) and Original White Toothpaste (RSP - 47.95). All the GUM products are specially formulated to help achieve naturally white teeth yet still being gentle on teeth and gums. They are peroxide and alcohol free to ensure gentle cleaning. They contain fluoride and isomalt to help strengthen tooth enamel to ensure your pearly whites don't chip or break.

GUM Softpicks are the modern version of the traditional tooth pick. They have added fluoride for extra cavity protection after eating. The softpicks have flexible rubber bristles that easily slide between teeth to safely remove plaque and food particles without damaging teeth or gums. Your softpicks are presented in a convenient travel case, ideal for slipping into your handbag for on-the-go use
(RSP - R69.96 for 40 softpicks)

Ora-Salts harnesses the healing power of the ocean for a naturally healthy mouth. The natural sea salt and five homeopathic remedies with herbal liquorice and cinnamon helps prevent bad breath and helps heal sensitive or bleeding gums, sore throats and mouth ulcers. Simply mix the Ora-Salts into a glass or water, rinse and gargle. 
(RSP - R49.95)

IVOHealth has all your dental needs sorted. You can visit their website for more information and full product descriptions. They also have a Facebook Page where you can keep up to date with new product releases, competitions and general news.

All of the products you saw above can be purchased at your nearest Dis-Chem store as well  as selected dentists and pharmacies.

Thanks so much to IVOHealth and PWMC for bringing these great products to my attention!

Miss Claira-Bella


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

When did life get so busy?

It seems that when ever I do a "I'm back" post on my blog, I disappear for another few weeks, posting erratically and not getting to do my weekly inserts like 'in my sample basket' and my 'pretty polish' posts. When did life get so busy? I thought I'd give you an update on my personal life and why you shouldn't disown me just yet!

Here's the low down!

So I just started a new job after being unemployed for over a year. This was a bitter sweet moment for me because being employed and earning money is really a necessity these days, but I knew that my blog wouldn't have my full attention anymore. This made me really depro because blogging has become a huge passion of mine and I love sharing great things with amazing people like yourself.

Unfortunately it is tough to make a career from blogging unless you're a stay at home mommy or already have a career in the magazine/PR industry. It's really not a place to make money (no, this isn't a self pity post. Please continue reading). For now I have just come to terms that my blog cannot have 100% of my time and attention.

I have also gone through an emotional change in my life. My boyfriend of 4 years has just gotten a huge career opportunity in JHB which means, after living together for over a year, we are now living in separate houses, 1.5 hours away from each other. Not a biggie for my blog as we still see each other on the weekends. Problem? He "took" the internet with him so I am left with a tiny MTN dongle with 2MB *Correction: 2GB* of data to get me through the month. *Insert shocked faces here*. No more Facebook stalking, pinning on Pinterest and definitely no online shopping. Not having uncapped data has limited my resources and how many images I am allowed to upload for each post.

Lastly, I have been putting a lot of my attention into my new venture with If you haven't read the numerous Beauty Bulletin posts on my blog then catch up by clicking here. I have been asked to do weekly articles for the ladies site and have been putting a lot of time and effort into this because it is a great privileged and the community of ladies is just fantastic. You can view my latest article here. I suggest popping onto the site and read the articles I have written for the community.

This is most definitely not a good bye post! I still have tons of reviews on PR packages that have been sent my way. I just wanted to explain why I have not been posting as much and you should catch up on posts you might have not seen. There is a categories section on the right hand side of this page. Browse and leave me some comments.

Love your faces!

Miss Claira-Bella


Monday, 18 February 2013

Bobbi Brown - Valentine Red

I am always very wary of huge brands that carry a very big price tag on otherwise very normal products. I ask myself, can nail polish really be that amazing and different to others, that you end up paying insane amounts of money? This Bobbi Brown polish was up against lots of criticism from my side.

I LOVE THIS COLOUR!! It's such an intense yet versatile colour that is so pleasing to the eye. One coat will give you a light red that says "I'm fun and flirty". Two coats will give you an intense blood red that could say "I only date vampires". Either way, this colour is there to make a statement.

I was scared to mess the red on my clothes so I cheated and used Yardley's speed finish nail drying spray. The fact that I had to do this means that drying time was nothing special.

Durability was hardier that I thought it would be. Only problem with such an eye catching colour, as soon as you have the tiniest chip, it's noticeable. I had my first chip after day 1 and had to take my manicure off on day 4. This was also nothing new or mind blowing.

One thing that I wasn't expecting to love its the bottle design. I love how it's simple and just says "BOBBI BROWN". There are no bar-codes on the sides, no stickers or name labels, just plain clean bottle. I would definitely put this polish on display!

Overall this is great colour and has a very unique bottle. the formula was a dream to use and lasted as long as the average polish does. I think that if you do have some spare change lying around and would like to invest in a pricier brand then you should totes get this polish!!

How much would you pay for a bottle of your favourite polish?

Miss Claira-Bella


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

Lipgloss Kisses 7 Deadly Beauty Sins

I was recently asked to do a guest post by the very stunning Chicara from Lipgloss Kisses. The tag was "7 Deadly Beauty Sins" and came with beauty questions relating to the 7 deadly sins. This is by far the most fun I have gotten to have whilst answering tag questions and I love how Chicara put it all together, including my nail polish and cat obsession!

Visit Lipgloss Kisses here, to see what my 7 deadly beauty sins are!

You can also follow Chicara on Twitter and Facebook.

Miss Claira-Bella

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Big girls, you are beautiful!

There is nothing more empowering for woman than a sexy pair of lingerie. Add Valentines Day into the mix and you have a really electric combination. What men seldom appreciate or realize is, is the art of choosing great lingerie is quite a daunting task. There are so many brands, styles and don’t forget the sizes!

Big-breasted woman often walk out of lingerie shops empty handed because they cannot find anything in their size. The golden rule when it comes to dressing for your body shape, a rule that more than 60% of us women are still trying to master, is that the foundation of any woman’s outfit begins with her underwear.

Wearing the incorrect bra, especially when you are slightly more blessed on top than others is not only uncomfortable and makes you look like you’ve gained extra kilograms but can cause bad posture and severe back problems

Thank goodness there’s a new lingerie company ‘in town’ called Treasure Chest. The inspiring company locally designs and manufactures their own affordable range of high quality lingerie that consists of beautiful bras ranging from 34D to 42J cup size and matching bottoms in S,M,L and XL, exclusively designed to celebrate beautiful, big-breasted women.

If you're a lady with a fuller bust then I highly suggest you view the online catalogue for Treasure Chest here. You can also share any troubled shopping experiences with me on Facebook and Twitter or pop me an email at

Big girls, you are beautiful!

Miss Claira-Bella

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Crabtree's Avocado, Olive and Basil Range {Review}

I know I always say this but I cannot tell you enough, if you have ever been into a Crabtree and Evelyn store, you would know that it is difficult not to find something you love! I call my favourites, "Gems". Beautiful products that leave me, and my skin, in awe. 

My newest Gem from Crabtree and Evelyn is their Avocado, Olive and Basil range. I got given small sizes of the Bath and Shower Gel and the Body Lotion, from this range, at the Hyde Park launch last year. After taking the first sniff, I immediately felt a rush of nostalgia. 

When I was younger, my mom used to have a descent sized herb garden with tons of different herbs. Whenever you were near, you would get pleasantly overwhelmed by the scent of fresh herbs. The most noticeable scent, for me, in the Avo range, is the basil, as if it were picked right from my mommy's garden! I find the Avocado, Olive and Basil range suites the mature ladies and ladies that love gardening. 

Bath and Shower Gel - I don’t particularly like my whole body smelling like herbs and I am still young and don’t wear floral 'granny' dresses, so I used this shower gel as a bubble bath. You still get to enjoy the scent but it won’t stay with you the whole day. The natural ingredients left my skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. 

Body Lotion - I love how the consistency of the lotion is thick but one you apply it and it absorbs into the skin, it doesn’t fell heavy at all. There is a thin shiny film left on the surface of your skin but I prefer it as it locks in the moisture making your skin really soft and nourished.

I adore these two products and dread the day that they come tho their end.

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Which Crabtree and Evelyn product is your 'Gem'?

Miss Claira-Bella


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Ladies, lets have a chat!

Woman would generally have this conversation over a cup of tea with their best female friend or, for the really shy ladies; you would have a heart-to-heart with your gynaecologist. Unfortunately we cannot have a cuppa and I’m not a gynae but in the next few paragraph’s I will be ‘talking’ about all things intimate and feminine hygiene related

I was recently contacted by the PR Company for GynaGuard, a brand that supports woman to stay healthy and confortable by safely and effectively helping to prevent and relieve intimate irritations. I was first hesitant on accepting their products due to the taboo around this topic but after doing some research I found it imperative that all ladies know about the importance of feminine hygiene. 

Things like washing detergents we use on our clothes, fragranced bubble baths and shower gels causes our intimate pH balance to stray from the normal levels it should be at. In turn, this causes bacterial infections like Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), Candida and Trichmoniasis Vaginosis. If left untreated, these simple bacterial infections can turn into more serious problems.

GynaGuard has a whole range of soap and fragrance free products that can empower you to prevent and relieve intimate irritations that cause pain, discomfort and embarrassment. I got to try some of these products for myself and I am here to let you ladies know that they are worth a try. 

Essential care for you know where 

GynaGuard’s essential intimate wash is there to replace the harmful soaps and body wash that you may already use. Their soap and fragrance free cleansing gel is gentle enough to use every day to restore a healthy pH balance and rinse away any odour causing germs. In fact, it is so gentle; gynaecologists recommend this intimate wash to pregnant woman to use throughout their pregnancy. I didn’t have any irritations from using this intimate wash and I felt confident that it was in fact doing its job in keeping a healthy pH balance

GynaGuard has also developed an intimate comfort gel that can be applied throughout the day if you experience any discomfort, burning or itching. The "on the go relief" this gel offers, can empower woman who suffer from uncomfortable pain and irritation. Irritations can be caused by the use of soap, bubble bath, physical contact and most commonly; germs that have overrun the delicate flora balance. Changes in hormone levels during puberty, periods and menopause also disturb the pH balance which can also lead to intimate discomfort. Again, my skin did not feel irritated by this gel and I appreciated the gentle ingredients. 

I firmly believe that GynaGuard products are there to help woman with common intimate hygiene issues which could lead to more serious problems if left untreated. I am also a huge fan at how tastefully they tackle an otherwise very embarrassing topic

All GynaGuard products are tested and recommended by gynaecologists. You can find GynaGuard in most stores like Pick’nPay, Clicks, Dis-Chem and pharmacies. The products are pricier than what you’d expect for a ‘body wash’ but they are worth every Randela

Thanks so much to DTM SA and GynaGuard for the enlightening products. I can see myself using these products for years. 

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Miss Claira-Bella 


Friday, 1 February 2013

Live healthy: Homemade Banana Shake

Here is a healthy snack that I have been loving lately. A banana shake is the perfect thing to drink when you are craving any bad foods or you're looking for a yummy drink. 

I start off by adding 1 cup of low fat or skim milk (you can use soy milk as well). I then chop and add 2 banana's and a small amount of vanilla essence. Banana's are generally really sweet so there is no need to add sugar or sweeteners. Mix everything in a blender until its creamy and smooth. I topped mine off with a tiny amount of white chocolate (cheating, I know) but I don't do this everyday. 

Another ingredient you can add, if you're a gym junkie, is protein powder. It'll taste extra yummy and will help build muscle.

I make this shake as soon as I get home from work because its too early to eat dinner but it has been a long while since lunch time. It curbs any cravings and is quite filling. You can also add meal replacement shakes to the ingredients above if you are using this as a meal.

I am looking experimenting with other shakes but for now this is my go to live healthy snack.

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Any recommended recipes?

Miss Claira-Bella